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2011 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease's Primary Stroke Centers Receive Re-Certification by Joint Commission

CLEARWATER, Fla.,(February 24, 2011) - The hospitals of Morton Plant Mease have once again been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval for Primary Stroke Care by the Joint Commission. This re-certification for Morton Plant Mease is the fourth consecutive time recognized as National Level Primary Stroke Centers. The centers are located at Morton Plant in Clearwater, Mease Countryside in Safety Harbor, Mease Dunedin and Morton Plant North Bay in New Port Richey.

"The Gold Seal honor means all four of our hospitals can provide national quality care as the first line of defense for preventing and treating strokes, said Ajay Arora, MD, neurologist and medical director of Morton Plant Mease stroke program. "Because time is so critical, the faster a stroke patient receives treatment, the better the chance is of recovery with minimal side effects to the brain and body." 

The Morton Plant Mease comprehensive stroke care program encompasses neurology, neurosurgery, interventional neuroradiology and stroke rehabilitation. Patients have access to comprehensive prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and leading cause of serious long term disability. Each year, an estimated 800,000 people experience a new or recurring stroke.

To receive the Gold Seal for primary stroke care, Morton Plant Mease underwent an evaluation process that included visits by members of the Joint Commission to the hospitals. The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association's statements/guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program - the nation's first - in 2003.

About Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

About Morton Plant Mease

 Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals - Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.


About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 195 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at



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